trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \

Definition of tradesman

1 : a worker in a skilled trade : craftsman
2 : one who runs a retail store : shopkeeper

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Examples of tradesman in a Sentence

electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen He joined the tradesmen's union.
Recent Examples on the Web Rankins, who had been incarcerated, reentered the workforce after being trained as a carpenter and tradesman by a company called R Investments. Neil Vigdor,, "State of the Union guests: Who are President Trump and members of Congress bringing?," 4 Feb. 2020 The pipe fitters, laborers, engineers and other tradesmen and women, and their families remain our highest priority. WSJ, "Joe Biden Does Not Support a Fracking Ban," 2 Feb. 2020 The designer gets a lot of the credit—rightfully so—but the tradesmen are helping bring things to life. House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like to Renovate a House in the Hudson Valley," 30 Dec. 2019 The sons and daughters of farmers, tradesmen, engineers and small-business owners inhabit its hallways and spill onto its playing fields. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Football Is Dying in Ohio. A Coach in This County Made It Thrive.," 5 Dec. 2019 Many of the façades are restored originals, depicting stories of the tradesmen who lived and worked here. Malavika Bhattacharya, National Geographic, "Visit this historic Swiss city beneath the ‘dragon mountain’," 5 Oct. 2019 Dudek, a skilled tradesman who lives in St. Clair Shores, has repaired lift trucks and carts in the Fiat Chrysler Stamping Plant factory for 23 years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "FCA mechanic is quietly transforming muscle cars in unmarked garage in Macomb Co.," 11 Jan. 2020 About 32 percent of local governments report difficulty filling policing jobs, 29 percent are struggling to find engineers and 24 percent are searching for laborers and skilled tradesmen, the survey found. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "A Hot Job Market Is Causing Labor Pains for State Governments," 30 Aug. 2019 His evolution from convict to tradesman had been spurred by an initiative within the American medical industry to broaden the idea of how to keep a community healthy. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tradesman

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tradesman was circa 1591

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tradesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tradesman

: a person who works in a job that requires special skill or training
chiefly British : someone who sells or delivers goods


trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \
plural tradesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tradesman

1 : a person who runs a retail store

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